The Teachers Service Commission has unveiled a new approach to teaching called “live streaming.” With live streaming, a single teacher can give a lesson to multiple students at the same time.
The initiative aimed at addressing the teacher shortage in the country was launched on Wednesday morning at Alliance Girls High School in Kiambu county.
The classes will be live-streamed on the video-conferencing app Zoom starting with Sciences, Mathematics, and English subjects.
”Students from 110 sub-counties from 30 counties will access live-streaming lessons from teachers of top schools in a bid to ease staff shortage,” TSC CEO Dr Nancy Macharia said.
The government is helping lower cadre schools to improve their teaching by equipping 10 of these schools with streaming technology and lessons. The lessons will be broadcast from higher cadre Alliance Girls High School and Machakos Boys High School.
Kahi Indimuli, Chairman of the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA), lauded the idea, terming it as a “game-changer” in the education system.
”We are getting into an era of teachers without borders. We want to appreciate TSC’s innovative thinking because it provides us with the chance to share knowledge and apparatus,” he praised.
Misori Akello, Secretary-General of the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), said that live-streaming lectures would help schools bridge the resource gap.
”I am happy TSC is mitigating performance gaps through interventions like live streaming. We shall have better performance of learners in target subjects and balanced syllabus coverage,” added Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu.